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hello. i'm geeta guru-murthy with bbc world news. our top stories. prayers for the victims of a pakistan school massacre. the prime minister vows to continue his crack drown against the pakistani taliban. we're inside the peshawar school where 140 died, mostly children. >> i saw shoes, clothing, school books covered in blood on the floor. large pools of blood around the aisles where children had been trying to get out of the rows of
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seats and out of the building. >> another taliban attack in afghanistan as militants attack a bank and kill at least six is. soldiers are said to have are mistreated iraqi detainees in 2004. why the new york premiere of this film poking fun at north korea has been cancelled due to threats from a hacking group. hello. pakistan's prime minister is meeting all main political parties to discuss how to respond to the taliban attack on a school in peshawar. more than 140 were killed, nearly all children. the prime minister lifted a
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moratorium on the death penalty on cases of terrorism. the first journalist to see the devastation in the school, there are disturbing details in her report. >> reporter: they were shooting from the stage? >> yeah. they were shooting from the stage and then also came to the seat rows. you will see the students were trying to get out of the rows and come on the main aisle. that's where you see most of the blood from. >> reporter: okay. so we're walking toward an area now that's clearly the scene of a significant gun battle. there's debris all over the ground.
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scattered school books. this was the office? >> yes. members of the staff, principal here died in this room. there were a lot of people who were rescued from here. members of the staff and a lot of children as well. >> reporter: the walls are covered in bullet holes. >> you can see all the bullets on the walls. this is the room of the principal where one was shot here from outside. the principal was in this room. that's where she died. >> this room was burned out because of explosives in this
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room. she died in the blast? >> no she was recover ed from the wash room. they launched a grenade in the washroom. there was a bomb in this room. you see the impact of explosion. >> they were all wearing suits? >> yes. >> and there were seven of them? had they all managed to set off explosives before they were killed? >> not actually. two of them got in there. any suicide bomber when hit will also explode. we're not sure how many set eex explosives themselves and how many were shot and then exploded. >> reporter: it's a scene of
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utter devastation. >> first journalist there inside the school. bbc is just outside the school compound there in peshawar. explain where you are first of all. >> reporter: you can see this gate behind me. it's one of the gates of this army public school. the seven attackers came, we are told, from near that gate. this is where they entered the school and went on the rampage. we've been hearing eyewitness accounts and going through newspapers in pakistan. one student who survived the attack talk about how his teacher stood up to the armed attackers tried to save the children. she told them you have to t shoot me first before you get to my children. she was set on fire. she was screaming. then she was telling the students to run for their lives.
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heroing accounts have started to emerge from the school. you read these accounts and it bring s tears to your eyes. >> absolutely. there's pressure on the prime minister. >> reporter: that's right. the prime minister arrived yesterday. today he's been in a meeting of pakistan political leaders including his strongest leader. he's trying to send a strong message to the taliban that pakistan's political leadership is unified. he wants to demonstrate that ir suspective of pakistan's internal differences, political leaders are on the same page. interestingly the army chief who matters a lot in the overall scheme of things wasn't in
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peshawar yesterday. today he's holding talks with counter parts. it's believed he's trying to get them to play ball. they live a across the border. they're working together to defeat these militants. >> many thanks indeed. live in peshawar for us. following yesterday's attack, we spoke to this woman. she is on the line now from peshawar. thanks for speaking to us. hour are your friend's children now? >> caller: they're fine. they're in the hospital now actually. the the girl is treated for traumatic shock discovered late
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at night and recovered. things are looking up, but they're still in the hospital now. >> and the son, how old is he? explain where he was hiding, what he was doing. >> caller: he's not talking much now. every since he's been taking out. what little he's told us is that as soon as he saw people being killed, first of all he along with friends hid under the benches and table. suddenly the taliban rushed and found them. [ inaudible ] after that he was taken to a
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hospital. he won't talk much right now. >> he must be very traumatized. his family must be so relieved he is alive. >> caller: yes, exactly. it's a miracle. they weren't expecting that. all these news and everything telling them most of the people they knew had been died or caught up in that incident correctly. it was a miracle they found their kids alive. >> i gather when he does speak he's screaming occasionally. his parents with him now? >> caller: exactly. you know, he wants to go home. otherwise he's afraid the people will get him again. >> if i can briefly ask you about the daughter. was she injured, or is she okay? >> caller: she was injured in the leg. now she's better. it wasn't a bullet wound.
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escaping she tripped over something. it's not serious. >> thank you so much for updating us. we wish you and your family and friends all the best and hope they recover from this awful, awful attack. the afghan authorities say ten have been killed in a bank in the main town in the southern province of helmand. two attackers are said to have blown themselves up. >> four attackers went to a bank branch in the capital of the helmand. they opened fire and took position from the second floor
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of the bank. they're exchanging fire. as i came to the studio, i was told the siege of the bank is over. three other suicide attackers were kill canned by afghan security forces. the latest casualty figures i was told by the police spokesperson is seven dead. two security personnel probably police are kill ccan -- killed. 14 others are injured. the the area is cleared now. taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. >> that's the latest update there from kabul. let's catch up with what's going on in the world of business. hi. >> geeta, dominate add by events in russia. the russian finance ministry began sending off stocks of foreign ministry designed to
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stop the slide of the rouble. it has failed to strengthen against the dollar. the stock seemed to fall to consumers. apple has temporarily halted online sales in russia tuesday because of plunging rouble. apple said the instability made it far too difficult to set prices for goods like iphones and ipads. elsewhere, the federal reserve will wrap up the two day meeting in washington. won't we get hinge from janet yellen and her team of when rates will go up? >> there are improvement and business spending too. overall growth remains strong. all eyes on that. markets will keep an eye on it too. just to show you events in europe. that really does tell the story.
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inheriting a pretty difficult lead in wall street yesterday. that instability in russia tied with slumping auto prices weighing on investor's minds. in london yesterday, there was a rally towards the end of the day. losing gain there is. clearly concerned about events in russia and falling oil prices and what it means for the world's economy. we'll have more on that throughout the day. thanks very much. >> do stay with us. much more to come. we bring you the conclusions a long running public inquiry. is the actions of british soldiers in iraq in 2004. ♪ wellllll... ♪ earlyfit ♪ latefit ♪ risefit ♪ fallfit ♪ ballfit ♪ wallfit ♪ pingfit ♪ pongfit ♪ pingfit ♪ pongfit ♪ rowfit ♪ throwfit ♪ slowfit ♪ olliefit ♪ oopsfit ♪ otisfit ♪ thiswayfit
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it's part of a hershey's bar. we break it. we bite it. we sneak it. we smoosh it. we savor it. we love it. hershey's is mine, yours, our chocolate. this is bbc world news. i'm geeta guru-murthy with the latest headlines. pakistan's prime minister has continued his crack down on the militants after the shootings at peshawar school.
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militants in afghanistan stormed a bank. the new york premiere of a film that pokes fun at north korea has been cancelled. the cinema is not to see the interview and comedy about the plot to kill the leader of north korea. >> kill the leader of north korea? what? >> it's a hollywood that's upset north korea and appears to prompted unprecedented attack on the son think films studio. two weeks ago computer screens showed this message and went black. hackers took huge amount s of data dumped online. among the casualty, james bond script leaked as well as sony personal and financial information. >> at this point the attacker literally owns the entire corporation. they can get to any machine any
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time they wish. >> this was a simple hack start manage one computer with huge consequences. >> this is the first time somebody has gone from essentially a financial crime to criminality of putting people's lives in jeopardy. that's a game changer. it's nothing we didn't anticipate, it's something we didn't want. it's something now we have to deal with. >> the stars james franco and seth rogen made an appearance on tv. they were warned we will clearly show it to you at the very time and places "the interview" will be shown. >> the u.s. government said at this time there's to no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot. some cinemas are already pulling the film from christmas day
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releases. the public is nervous. >> you never know. they might be playing a prank, might be real. >> no, i'm not scared. why would i be scared? >> i definitely won't go see it now that they say danger is involved. i'm definitely not seeing it. >> sony private executive's private e-mails have been made public. unreleased block busters have been posted online. threats against cinemas on christmas day has upped the anti. now it's a matter of security. bbc news los angeles. i'll bring you breaking news now. in the last hour t inquirely many the uk found that british troops mistreated nine detainees in the war a decade ago. the inquiry was concluded of detainees which was briefed at
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the geneva summit. some detainees lied about the serious allegations to discredit the british armed forces. forbes chairs the inquiry. >> the work of this inquiry has established beyond doubt that all most serious allegations made against british soldiers involved in what has become known as the battle of danny boy and aftermath and which has been hanging over soldiers past ten years has been found without foundation and entirely the product of deliberate lies, reckless speculation and engrained hostility. >> that press conference is going on. matt has been studying the report and joining us from central london. what are the main findings here? >> well, the main finding is
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that this report is absolutely damming in assessment of allegations of torture and execution made against british soldiers around a battle called battle of danny boy in 2004. it says that it's come to the firm conclusion that the vast majority of allegations made against the british military including all most serious allegations were wholly and entirely without merit or justification. have many allegations were deliberate and calculated lies on part of iraqis who made them. while it did find some ill treatment by the british of iraqi detainees that involved sight and sound depravation, use of goggles on detainees, shouting at them, blowing on the
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back of the neck of one of them as he was blind folded to intimidated and some food depravation, it did not amount to torture which was alleged. it's important for british government and british military. these were the most serious allegations made against the british over conduct in iraq. they were accused of torturing detainee, taking captive prisoners on the battlefield and executing and torturing and mutilating them in their custody. these were extremely damming allegations. this report is notable in the way it completely exonerates the military. >> thanks very much indeed. >> of course there has been a lengthy public inquiry on this. the defense secretary here has issued a strong statement saying that the soldiers and their families are very relieved that
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the most serious of these allegations has been completely refuted. of course they say they will learn the lessons from allegations of mistreatment but that a the vast majority of very serious allegations, all the most serious allegations made against the british troops are holy without foundation and entirely the product of deliberate lies, reckless speculation and engrained hostility. that is that report just published now. we'll keep you up to date. there's more on the website. the australian prime minister tony abbott has ordered a sweeping investigation after the siege in sydney where two hostages died. one has spoken of his escape for the first time. >> i'd like to pay tribute to katrina dawson and tori johnson and offer condolences to their friends and families. my thoughts and prayers are also with fellow hostages and
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everyone affected by this terrible event as we all try to come to terms with it. i'd like to thank the men and women of the new south wales police were work they have done and will continue to do so in the coming months and to the amazing people in our emergency service. all i was doing on that monday morning was going down for a quick coffee at the coffee shop after having gone to the eye doctor to have an eye checkup. i had never felt so much relief as when i turned the corner and saw the armed police waiting for me. i'm so grateful to be home with my lovely wife. we'd both like to thank the media who has remained respectful and for everyone for kindness and support. your thoughts and prayers mean a great deal. thank you very much. >> he is one of those lucky enough to escape the cafe siege in sydney. let's return to pakistan and
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neighboring india. many have been showing their respects for those that died. schools are observing two minutes of silence for victims. we have a report now from delhi. >> reporter: children earlier today had a special assembly to remember those school children who were killed in the attack. similarly school across india have special prayer sessions or observed two minutes of silence. many children told me pakistan is india's neighbor. it is 800 kilometers from delhi. it feels like terror struck the neighborhood. children here had strong messages of support. >> i tell them go to school. every single child in the world has right to education.
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i believe terror or film cannot take it from them. >> i think we just not talk about pakistan. i would say this is attack on entire student identity. i let them know we're all in this together. >> reporter: many are still in shock. indians woke up to these headlines. the indian express had this headline. the largest newspaper called it revenge. many talk about how this affects children. >> we are pained to hear of this pointless, senseless massacre in pakistan and especially of school children. >> the indian parliament that observed the two minute silence in solidarity with pakistan, the prime minister modi spoke to his counter part saying how india strongly stands with pakistan in its fight against terror. citizens took to social media. the hashtag was trending across
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hello. i'm geeta guru-murthy with bbc world news. our top stories. the first pictures from invade the school where 140 died, mostly children. >> reporter: it was the silence that's so uncanny. it's the middle of the school day. this should be a noisy place with the sound of children in it. it's anything but this morning. >> prayers for the victims of the school massacre. the prime minister responds vowing to continue his crack down against the pakistani
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taliban. ten people are reported killed in another taliban attack in afghanistan as militants attack a bank. australia's prime minister orders a review into the sydney cafe siege as one of the hostages paid tribute to the emergency services. >> i'd like to thank the men and women of the police for work they've done. i've never felt so much relief as when i turned the corner and saw the armed police waiting for me. >> and is grief on the verge of a new crisis? >> elections could follow if parliament fails to back the candidate. hello. pakistan's prime minister is
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meeting all main political parties to discuss how to respond to the a attack on the school in peshawar. the spokesman for the taliban group issued a statement saying six members carried out the attack. the school was targeted because the children of army men were studying there. the statement shows no remorse for deaths of young children. the bbc had the first journalist to see the devastation inside the school. there are disturbing details inside her report. >> reporter: we were allowed in after they gave us clearance. after an incident like that , they've been working through the night to clear the area and make sure it was safe. no one was sure how many explosives were still inside. the school grounds are extensive. there's a long path before you reach the school buildings themselves. it's really the silence that was so uncanny because it's the
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middle of the school day. this should be a noisy place, alive with the sound of children in it. it's anything but this morning. the first building i approached was the auditorium which was the scene of the greatest horror. more than 100 children were inside there taking their exams. 100 of them died there when the attackers burst in, stood on the stage and started to fire at children. i saw shoes, clothing, school books covered in blood on the floor. large pools of blood particularly around the aisles where children were trying to get out of the rows of seats and out of the building. there's a badly affected part of the school which was the principal's office and other main school offices were. this is the area that the army commanders were steering the
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attackers towards. in the end, they set off explosives there or they were shot at, and then their explosives detonated. it's the scene of complete devastation. there's bullet holes in the walls, rooms burnt out. the principal died in the toilet next her office where she tried to take refuge. a suicide bomber detonated outside her door. the horrible scene and mark of a horrible day for pakistan. >> so they were shooting from the stage? >> yeah. they were shooting from the stage and then also came to the seat rows. you will see that the students were trying to get out of the rows and come on the main aisle. that's where you see most of the blood from either side of the
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seats. >> okay. so we're walking towards an area now that's clearly the scene of a significant gun battle. there's debris all over the ground. scattered school books. these were offices? >> yeah. this is the administrative block. so there were members of the staff, principal here who died in this room. there were a lot of people who were rescued from here. ma members of the staff and a lot of children as well. >> the walls are covered in bullet holes. >> yes. you can see bullets on the wall. then this is the room of the principal where one of the
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suiciders exploded himself or was shot here from outside. he exploded here. the principal was in the washroom locked inside. that's where she died. >> reporter: so this room is entirely burned out because explosives were set off in this room? >> yes. >> reporter: she died from the blast? >> she died from in the washroom. they lodged the grenade in the washroom. one of the suicide bombers was shot in this room. that's where you see the impact of the explosion here. >> reporter: were they all wearing suicide vests? >> they were. >> reporter: they were seven? >> there were seven. >> reporter: you recovered all their bodies? had they all managed to set off their explosives before they
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were killed? >> no. actually what happened two got killed there. any suicide bomber when hit will also explode. we are not sure how many set explosives themselves and how many were shot and then exploded. >> reporter: it's a scene of utter devastation. the general who's a spokesperson for pakistan army, head of the public relations. 10 boi 100 bodies were taken out of here. 132 children and also adults died. all around the world there's been an outpouring of grief over the scale and horror of this attack. across social media many have been changing their pictures to
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black as a sign of mourning, especially pakistan. on twitter, the hashtag is used to remember those that died. in a show of solidarity, schools across india have been observing a two minute silence and holding prayers. the #indiawithpakistan is popular and still trending on twitter another. hashtags include #pakistanbleeds and #prayforpakistan. ten have been killed in an attack in a bank. gunfire was heard from inside. two attackers are said to have blown themselves up. let's go to kabul and get the details of this attack.
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>> today four taliban attacked the local branch of kabul bank in the capital of helmand province. one detonated a bomb strapped to his body making the way clear for other three to get in the bying. they went to the second floor and took positions and opened fire where police force and army later arrived to clean up the area. after exchange of fire for a while the building was cleared. police tell us that seven were killed, five were civilians, two were security personnel. 14 other people were wounded. 10 are civilians as well. the building of the bank was on fire. it has been cleared at this stage. taliban claimed responsibility on their website and said they attacked the mercenary government officials there to
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receive their salaries. it needs to be mentioned now right now it's the end of the solar month on the solar calendar afghanistan uses. government employees goes to banks to receive their end of the salary at the end of the month. >> it's not seen as connected to what happened in pakistan yesterday. it does illustrate the complexity of the problem with the taliban, doesn't it? can you still hear me? >> repeat the question. line was bad. >> sorry. i wanted to say although this is a separate attack from what we saw in pakistan, it shows the complexity of the taliban dealings. many say pakistan
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they were told not to target small children but only teenager group, the senior branch group. that is the reason he says you haven't seen death or injuries or any damage to the nursery section of the school. he said the school had over
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2,000 students and that the loss they inflicted is very small. it's kind of the spin he was trying to give to this attack. basically that they didn't want to target the small kids there. >> are they threatening more such attacks? >> well, they have warned people not to be associated with the military installations. if they are around those places they could suffer. responsibility for that would lie on their own shoulders and not them. they have said that they gave three main reasons for this desperate attack. one of which only this year they claimed and alleged that 600 of
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their men who's mutilated bodies were thrown around the country by the security forces of pakistan and this was not stopping. unless this stops, and fighters are are picked up randomly by agencies and relatives are picked up for no reason. unless and until this stops, their campaign will not. >> thank you very much indeed. the australian prime minister tony abbott ordered a sweeping investigation following the siege in sydney in which two hostages died. one of those taken hostage, john o bryan has spoken for the first time. >> i would like to pay tribute to katrina dawson and tori johnson and offer condolences to their friends and families. my thoughts and prayers are also with my fellow hostages and
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everyone affected by this terrible event as we all try to come to terms with it. i'd like to thank the men and women of new south wales police were fork they've done and will continue to do so in the coming months, and to the amazing people in our emergency service. all i was doing on that monday morning was going down for a quick coffee at the lindt coffee shop after having an eye check. i've never had so much relief as when i turned the corner and saw the law enforcement waiting for me. i'm so happy to be home with my lovely wife. we thank the media and everyone who's ful and for kindness and respect. thanks so much. >> one of the hostages there that managed to run out to
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safety in sydney monday. much more to come. greek mp's vote for a new president in a crucial ballot that could plunge the country back to crisis. this is a pip. it's part of a hershey's bar. we break it. we bite it. we sneak it. we smoosh it. we savor it. we love it. hershey's is mine, yours, our chocolate.
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this is bbc world news. i'm geeta guru-murthy with the latest headlines. a statement by the pakistani taliban says six members carried out the peshawar school massacre and expresses no remorse for deaths of the children. ten people are reported to have been killed in neighboring afghanistan when taliban militants detonated a suicide bomb and stormed a bank. five years ago the financial crisis in greece threatened to bring down the eurozone.
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now more problems are looming because of the economic austerity that follow had the crisis. greek lawmakers are to vote on the country's new president in the first of three possible rounds of voting over the next 12 days. the greek president has a largelarge ly ceremonial role. if he fails to get enough votes by final round, it will trigger a snap election. that may be left for the syriza a party. let's get more from our correspondent in athens for us. how big a threat to financial stability and political stability is greece facing now, chris? >> reporter: certainly uncertainty involved in potential of fresh elections is threatening stability. we saw that when the greek stock market crashed and deals
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increased since the idea there could be the snap election at end of january or beginning february suddenly came up. numbers don't look great for government. they can count on support of 155 mps over 300 in the greek parliament behind me. they'll need eventually 180 to elect that president and avoid a general election. most people i talked to think they'll struggle to reach that number. there are plenty going on behind the scenes, deals offered to independent m.p.s and warnings of catastrophe if there's an election that seres the radical left comes to power. at the moment, i say a general election and probable victory looks like the option. >> there was a time greece was getting back on the right foot. what is the sense of ordinary people about where the country is at the moment? >> yeah, that's the government's
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argument. it's backed up quite publicly, controversia controversi controversially. john claude said i don't want to see extreme faces coming into power. it's unusual backing for the government. the government sayss of course it's been awful. greece has seen the economy shrink over five years that no other industrialized economy has done before in a short period of time. a small corner has been turned, small amounts of growth has been turned. massively high unemployment is coming down just a little bit. the problem is a lot of people don't feel that corner being turned at the moment. that's why many are turning to szriza. it wants to say look, we've suffered too much.
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we have to write off our huge international set. until we do, it simply isn't going to work here. many believe that to be true. eu and current government say nope, we have to stay to course. >> thanks very much. sierra leone's president says house to house searches to identify people with ebola are due to begin next week. they'll take place the next two weeks to coincide with christmas and new year's holidays. the president banned sunday trading and says travel between districts will be restricted. let's go live to my colleague there. tell us more about what searches are going to involve. >> reporter: actually the president's announcement on measures coming to force is today including that the community including politicians will mobilize areas to go house
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to house looking for people that show signs and symptoms of ebola. mostly fever. then take them to treatment centers established in the last couple of weeks. he says this will help make sure the ebola virus is contain add. more than 60% of new infections in last two weeks. >> what is the sense about temperature next couple of weeks with christmas and new year's holidays? does that make it more or less difficult time? >> it's more difficult in the sense the ebola virus is spread in other ways. new year's day and box day, people go on the street and host c ca
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carve villes. now those are not permitted. they are not able to go to church services. no christmas carnivals on the eve of christmas. carnivals take place at one service. all are to go back home with families and not be on the streets or anywhere. >> briefly us how the ebola case load is managed in sierra leone at the moment. what's the numbers? >> numbers are increasing. there's increased efforts by british military and medical involvement. in the last one hour, i've been speaking to united states center for disease control. there's concern it might become epidemic in this country if measures aren't put in place to tackle the virus. >> thanks for speaking to us from sierra leone. thank you. before we go, our top story today. first pictures from inside the
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school in pakistan where a taliban attack left more than 140 dead, most of them children. three days of mourning are underway in pakistan. bbc journalists have been in the compound sharing the site of the attack and also speaking to taliban who are expressing no remorse for that attack at all. this is bbc world news. thanks for watching. ♪ ♪
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hello. you're watching "gmt" on bbc world news. i'm lucy hockings. our top stories. a nation in shock. pakistan mourns for those killed in the peshawar massacre. funerals are held for 142 children and teacher who is died many the taliban's deadliest ever attack in pakistan. the prime minister calls it the worst tragedy in the country's history. we report from inside the school. >> this is entirely burnt out because explosives were set off in this room? she died from the blast? >> she died in the

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